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Retired Gen. McChrystal: Trump's attacks on military service members are 'disturbing'
The Hill ^ | November 28, 2018 | Emily Birnbaum

Posted on 11/28/2018 9:21:20 AM PST by jazusamo

Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal on Wednesday denounced President Trump's attacks on military service members, including the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and retired Adm. William McRaven, who oversaw the operation that killed Osama bin Laden.

"His discussions on Bill McRaven, as well as his previous discussions on John McCain and others have been something that’s deeply disturbing to a lot of thoughtful people,” McChrystal said on ABC's Powerhouse Politics podcast. “The fact that he would take on people in this vitriolic manner, I think is pretty upsetting to people."

"And the fact that he would be dismissive of the kinds of service that people like John McCain and others have given is also disturbing," McChrystal added. "I don’t think it builds up the kind of trust that military people depend upon."

The president earlier this month aggressively criticized McRaven, who over oversaw the 2011 operation that killed bin Laden. After McRaven called Trump's antagonistic relationship with the media a "threat to democracy," Trump accused him of political bias towards Democrats and suggested the U.S. took too long to hunt down bin Laden.

The McRaven controversy came as Trump has been fielding continued criticism over his relationship with the military, as his detractors slam his comments about prominent veterans, his decision to skip a visit to a World War I cemetery in France last month and the fact that Trump has not yet visited troops overseas.

McChrystal, who just released a new book called "Leaders: Myth and Reality" about prominent figures throughout history, told ABC that he does not agree with Trump's recent assertion that no one has been more "with" the military than he has. Trump has frequently pointed to administration's large budget for the military as a sign of his unflagging support.

“[Funding is] not the best metric of whether you support the military," McChrystal said. "The size of the defense budget is not a measure of patriotism or connection with those in service."

“I don’t think that President Trump has developed as deep — a real connection of trust — with the military as perhaps he thinks he has," he added.


TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; lifer; mcchrystal; mcchrystaltraitor; mcraven; mcraventraitor; obama; obamabuttboy; obamageneral; officer; presidenttrump; remf; rop; rulesofengagement; trump
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Seems Obama butt boy retired Gen McChrystal doesn't like the way our now Commander in Chief President Trump speaks out calling it like it is.

I would be interested to know how many of our military lost their lives and/or were seriously wounded due to McChrystal's ridiculous tightening of the rules of engagement in Afghanistan

1 posted on 11/28/2018 9:21:20 AM PST by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

Running for something General?


2 posted on 11/28/2018 9:22:33 AM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: jazusamo

Didn’t Truman attack McArthur?? Lincoln, McClellan??


3 posted on 11/28/2018 9:25:04 AM PST by RatRipper (The Democrat Party is the party of liars, swindlers, cheats and unbridled immorality.)
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To: billorites
Running for something General?

Does the General hold a security clearance? Pull it!

4 posted on 11/28/2018 9:25:28 AM PST by BlackbirdSST (Is it time Claire?)
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To: jazusamo

Anyone who praises McCain is probably a traitor like he was. That’s my default position until other info, if any, persuedes me otherwise.


5 posted on 11/28/2018 9:25:41 AM PST by Az Joe (I AM TRUMP!)
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To: jazusamo

Any former service member is supposed to be immune from any political criticism, even fifty plus years later?


6 posted on 11/28/2018 9:26:42 AM PST by iowamark
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Gen. Stanley McChrystal another DAMN LIBERAL GENERAL!!!

WTF is with all these GENERALS being Liberals? We see all these Special Ops guys like Navy SEALS, Green Berets, Army Rangers, Delta Force being all Republicans but not these Generals!!!

TRUMP even said he thinks Mattis is a Democrat! WTF??!!!

7 posted on 11/28/2018 9:27:35 AM PST by KavMan
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I notice that all of these left-wing McSurnames are sticking together. What Son of Chrystal, Son of Raven and Son of Cain have in common are not good things.


8 posted on 11/28/2018 9:27:38 AM PST by Olog-hai ("No Republican, no matter how liberal, is going to woo a Democratic vote." -- Ronald Reagan, 1960)
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To: billorites

Shaun Waterman - The Washington Times - June 23, 2010

President Obama said Wednesday he had accepted the resignation of Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal as commander of U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan, bringing to an ignominious end the storied but sometimes controversial career of one of the country’s top soldiers.

Mr. Obama, who angrily summoned Gen. McChrystal to Washington after the general and several aides disparaged senior members of the administration in a series of interviews with Rolling Stone magazine, said he had accepted the resignation “with considerable regret, but also with certainty that it is the right thing for our mission in Afghanistan, for our military and for our country.”

The president said he was nominating Gen. David H. Petraeus, the current head of U.S. Central Command, to take over from Gen. McChrystal “which will allow us to maintain the momentum and leadership that we need to succeed.”


9 posted on 11/28/2018 9:28:07 AM PST by Bookshelf
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Hey McChrystal, go f yourself.


10 posted on 11/28/2018 9:28:23 AM PST by MichaelCorleone (Jesus Christ is not a religion. He's the Truth.)
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The kenyan humiliated McDeepState. Recalled him from his post half way around the world and made him give up his sword at the White Hut. Now he carries water for Democrats? Gob-smacking.


11 posted on 11/28/2018 9:29:27 AM PST by lodi90
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To: jazusamo

McChrystal completely botched Afghanistan. I was there during his reign. His immortal actions included trying to turn the entire ISAF into Special Operations elements, killing AAFES resupply due to border traffic logistics constraints (note that we were continually being robbed blind at the Pak/Af border), and getting our people killed by forcing adherence to highly restrictive rules of engagement.

It was such a blessing when that Rolling Stone article sunk him and his crew of jackwagons.


12 posted on 11/28/2018 9:29:46 AM PST by Future Snake Eater (Get a handle on vote fraud or we're likely finished in 2020.)
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To: jazusamo

Early onset dementia.


13 posted on 11/28/2018 9:30:14 AM PST by bgill (CDC site, "We don't know. how people are infected with Ebola.")
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To: KavMan

You don’t get above Colonel without being a political POS. Just the way the military works.


14 posted on 11/28/2018 9:30:22 AM PST by rstrahan
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To: Olog-hai

I’m beginning to think the rot in our military goes considerably below these Obama generals due to a generation of PC indoctrination.


15 posted on 11/28/2018 9:31:58 AM PST by lodi90
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To: KavMan
WTF is with all these GENERALS being Liberals? We see all these Special Ops guys like Navy SEALS, Green Berets, Army Rangers, Delta Force being all Republicans but not these Generals!!!

How do you think they got to be Generals?

16 posted on 11/28/2018 9:32:53 AM PST by pepsi_junkie (Often wrong, but never in doubt!)
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To: jazusamo

Liberal propaganda.


17 posted on 11/28/2018 9:33:14 AM PST by Moonman62 (Give a man a fish and he'll be a Democrat. Teach a man to fish and he'll be a responsible citizen.)
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McChrystal: ...deeply disturbing to a lot of thoughtful people...

Indeed. Thoughtful people are often disturbed by the knock-down street fighting in the political world - into which McCain and Raven ventured after leaving military service.

With regard to Trump, however, more thoughtful people than ever in recent decades are thinking, "Thank God we have a street fighter like Trump."

18 posted on 11/28/2018 9:33:19 AM PST by frog in a pot (Result of many state bailouts? Taxpayers elsewhere in America get to finance the Left's growth.)
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I am not up on the other guy but criticizing McShame was appropriate!


19 posted on 11/28/2018 9:33:50 AM PST by faithhopecharity ("Politicians aren't born, they're excreted." -Marcus Tillius Cicero (3 BCE))
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Isn’t this the guy who covered up Pat Tillman’s cause of death?


20 posted on 11/28/2018 9:33:59 AM PST by montag813
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